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Global Alliance

We want the very best of the world connected to the very best of the UK. That’s why we built this programme; to form international collaborations with governments, societies, enterprises, institutions and people from every corner of the globe. It is innovation diplomacy at its best.

As the United Kingdom, we’re entering a new phase in our international relations. It has never been more important to foster long-lasting partnerships with the global community. Forming these strategic links will help to drive innovation locally, through the UK’s governing bodies, businesses and institutions and bring our talent to a broader audience.

But it’s not just about bringing UK innovation to the rest of the world. Many of the challenges we now face are universal, and having an international perspective on their solutions is critical. We can’t help to shape the future of the world in isolation. As an outward-looking society, we need to build global alliances, from the top tier of international relations down to individual organisations and people.

Find out more about the work we undertake every day to assure the UK’s place at the forefront of global innovation. Talk to our team now to see how we can help you find an international partner that could take your project to the next level.

Our current global activity

AgriFood Africa (GCRF)

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.

Global Alliance Africa

Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project designed to strengthen and scale local innovation and business environments in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Energy Catalyst

Global energy poverty is real. Over 1 billion people do not have access to electricity. Over 3 billion people rely on solid fuels and kerosene for cooking and heating. It is estimated that approximately 80% of people gaining access to electricity worldwide are in urban areas.

European Programmes

KTN helps UK companies engage with European funding programmes and help them create collaborations.

Global Expert Missions

The Global Expert Missions (GEM) programme aims to create global growth opportunities for UK innovation through strategically aligned partnerships with the right businesses in the right countries.

Funding Opportunities

Eureka Eurostars 2: round 15

This competition is aimed at micro, small or medium sized enterprises working on high-quality research and development projects across national borders.

Opens: 15/12/2020 Closes: 04/02/2021

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Global Young Innovators Programme

The Global Young Innovators Programme offers 60 forward-thinking, entrepreneurial minds from across the UK and South Africa, a platform to join forces, ignite ideas and co-design solutions that can help solve some of the greatest challenges facing our global community.

Opens: 09/12/2020 Closes: 08/01/2021

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KTN Innovation Exchange challenge - solutions to monitor and tackle urban air pollution within Indian urban environments

KTN is working with the Department for International Trade to help the Indian authorities find an innovative solution to the threat to public health due to poor air quality and airborne pollution.


Opens: 18/12/2020 Closes: 12/02/2021

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UK & Canada Biomanufacturing Innovations in Cell & Gene Therapies

14.00 - 15.15 | Online

Recording coming soon


The Future of UK and Canada Collaboration in Advanced Therapies

16.00 - 18.00 | Online

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Latest Open Calls / Cascade Funding Opportunities from EU H2020 Projects

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

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In October 2020, KTN Global Alliance Africa hosted a three week event series designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and support resilience and recovery in African innovation ecosystems.

The KTN Global Alliance Africa team would like to thank all Speakers, Partners, Panelists, Organisers and Participants in supporting our first event series called ‘Global Ideas Exchange: Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa’. The aim of each session was to encourage sharing and learning to showcase the latest ideas and best practice in innovation. Here is a round up of this exciting new event series which took place in October 2020.

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Just launched - Global Young Innovators Programme

Ideas Mean Business and Innovate UK are bringing together the best and brightest young innovators to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our generation.

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